Regional Entomologist - Eastern Region OUTREACH NOTICE

US Forest Service - State and Private Forestry
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 00
Contact Name For Further Info: 
Susan Ellsworth
Contact Phone Number: 
Contact Email:

About the Position:
The Eastern Region (Region 9) State and Private Forestry, Forest Health Protection Program, will be advertising a permanent full-time GS-0414-12/13 Regional Entomologist positionlocated in the Eastern Regional Office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The position develops and leads a coordinated response to forest insect pest outbreaks and activities, and provides professional forest health assistance to Federal, State, other non-federal and tribal partners across the Region. The grade level(s) for the vacancy announcement will be based on the response to outreach; the target grade for the position is GS-13.
Major Duties:
The incumbent serves as the recognized expert, program authority, and principal advisor for the Eastern Region’s entomology program.  Responsibilities include:

  • Directs the development of all aspects of complex major insect detection, evaluation, prevention, eradication, and suppression program including native and non-native bark beetles, wood borers, sucking insects and defoliators across all lands in the Eastern Region.
  • Formulates and establishes policies, programs, and standards for forest health management.
  • Fosters a strong working relationship with FHP field office staff and State forestry and agriculture forest health staffs to plan and implement a coordinated response to forest insect outbreaks, issues and activities across the 20 state region.
  • Develops the regional response to new forest health issues, including forest insect pest introductions.  Communicates with the Washington Office FHP staff to identify resources needed to respond to new pests, and serves as the regional representative on national planning teams dealing with new pest introductions.
  • Collaborate with Canadian and Region 8 forest health colleagues to share information and develop and implement a consistent response to forest pests of common interest. 
  • Develops annual and long-term pest management programs. Develops work plans, budgets, and handouts.  Assists in formulating, planning, organizing, and directing pilot projects and impact studies. Conducts special evaluations, routinely collaborating with university, Forest Service and USDA scientists to gain additional specific knowledge concerning insect biology, ecological relationships, parasitic effects, survey methodology, or new control techniques.
  • Prepares plans designed to meet technical objectives and collaborates with FHP field office group leaders and FHP staff members to implement.  Prepares technical reports and manuscripts of which incumbent is responsible for technical adequacy and soundness of conclusions and recommendations. Serves as regional point of contact for all forest insect related information products.
  • Provides technical assistance concerning forest insects to federal, non-federal, and tribal cooperators or refer, as necessary, such assistance to the appropriate FHP field office.   Develops pest management alternatives by identifying and determining the present amount of damage caused, and exercises scientific judgment of a high order in evaluating the actual or potential seriousness of the infestation. 
  • Organizes, plans, and conducts forest insect related training programs, presentations, or seminars, for a variety of cooperators across the region.    Presentations are customized to the specific needs and objectives of cooperators and involve summarization and presentation of complex scientific forest insect subject matter for new research developments in a concise, understandable manner.
  • Assists with administration of grants, agreements, and budget for the Eastern Region’s Forest Health Protection program, as needed.

The Duty Station:

The duty station for this position is located in vibrant downtown Milwaukee, in the historic Gaslight Building, just two blocks from the Lake Michigan waterfront.    Milwaukee is a small version of Chicago, a typical mid-western city where the people are friendly. The Milwaukee area has solid schools, many performing arts opportunities, major league sports, good public transportation, and a location on Lake Michigan, the second largest of the five Great Lakes, by volume.  
Metro Milwaukee, Wisconsin's largest population center, is 90 miles north of Chicago.  Metro Milwaukee encompasses four counties and has a combined population of more than 1.4 million people.   It ranks as the nation's 36th largest metropolitan area.  The city of Milwaukee ranks as the nation's 17th largest city with a population of 620,609.
The Milwaukee area offers a high quality of life for many reasons.  It's big enough to offer urban amenities, yet it also offers a small-town feeling in many well-established and proud neighborhoods.  It is home to a diverse community of people.  Milwaukee is serviced by a community based public school system, numerous hospitals and health care facilities and churches.
Milwaukee offers four seasons with average temperatures ranging from

  • 12-39°F during winter,
  • 36-75°F during spring,
  • 54-81°F during summer, and
  • 18-59°F during fall. 

Average annual precipitation is 31 inches and average annual snowfall is 47 inches.  The growing season for gardens is generally from May 15 to September 15.  Midsummer can have hot and humid stretches and winter is typically cold.
The city’s natural beauty includes a 14,759 acre county park system and a setting on the shore of Lake Michigan. Milwaukee is on the doorstep of many Wisconsin inland lakes, streams, farms, and forests where skiing, hiking, swimming, hunting, and fishing can keep you active year-round.  Sailing, charter boating, biking, indoor and outdoor ice skating, and golfing are among the many other recreation opportunities available.
Milwaukee is an urban center, yet travel is fairly un-congested. Public transportation is offered through the County of Milwaukee bus system. General Mitchell International Airport is also conveniently located near the Regional Office in Milwaukee.
Milwaukee is nationally recognized as the "City of Festivals" and for the "Great Circus Parade."  Festivals start in June with Summerfest and continue through the summer as different ethnic groups host weekend festivities at the lakefront.  Milwaukee has a renowned public museum, excellent library facilities, numerous radio and TV stations, a major daily newspaper, botanical gardens, and a zoo.  For the art enthusiast, the city boasts a world-class symphony orchestra, theater, opera and ballet companies, and an outstanding art museum. For the sports fan, this is a major league sports center.  It's the home of baseball's Milwaukee Brewers, basketball's Milwaukee Bucks, hockey's Milwaukee Admirals and soccer's Milwaukee Wave.
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Marquette University offer outstanding post-secondary education opportunities.  In addition, there are also 10 colleges, two technical schools, and numerous specialty schools to choose from.
Additional Information
Please contact Susan Ellsworth, Assistant Director for Forest Health and Economics, at 414-297-3021 or if you have any questions regarding this position.
How to Respond
Please respond directly in the outreach database. Email is also acceptable. 
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